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EU: 1 million signatures for Stop Vivisection initiative confirmed

On April 23, the Stop Vivisection initiative published on its website that national authorities of EU member states confirmed to them that more than 1 million valid signatures for the Eu­ropean Citizens’ Initiative Stop Vivisection were collected by November 1, 2013. This means that Stop Vivisection will be the first European Citizens’ Initiative discussed and analyzed by the new European Parliament and European Commission.


In September 2014, the official hearing of the initiative’s rep­resentatives André Menache and Gianni Tamino will be held in Brussels at the European Parliament. This will be followed in October by an official reply of the European Commission that will explain in which way it will act to comply with the initia­tive’s requests.


The petition states: “We urge the European Commission to ab­rogate directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes and to present a new proposal that does away with animal experimentation and instead makes compul­sory the use – in biomedical and toxicological research – of data directly relevant for the human species.”


The European citizens’ initiative allows one million EU citi­zens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal.



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